Why?


Day 1 – 75Hard Phase 1

I’ve been asked this question recently.

I’ve asked myself this question recently.

I was asked this question by a colleague who wondered why I was training for a marathon and why I decided to take on 75 Hard, the program billed as a mental toughness development program (not a challenge or a weight loss or a fitness program).

It’s not a bad question. Our ancient ancestors did everything they could to conserve energy because it took everything they had to find food and shelter and protect themselves in order to survive.

When given the choice, they rested.

We, on the other hand, could rest our whole lives – many of us westerners. Even our work, in comparison to our ancient and even near distant ancestors, would be considered ‘rest’, at least physically.

Sitting for hours a day talking on the phone, answering emails, and talking about the latest happening in politics, sports, or entertainment.

So why push ourselves when our whole human development has focused on conserving energy and resting?

For me, pushing myself has become a symbol for working toward maximizing who I am.

While all of that talk above sounds awfully evolutionary, I do believe I was created.

And I believe that the God Who created me, created me to squeeze every ounce of potential out of myself in all phases of the game, if you will.

Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. To maximize my relationships with my wife and kids. To maximize my ability to use my brain to solve problems. To maximize my physical capabilities to endure stress and develop toughness because who knows when I’ll encounter a situation where I have to be physically and mentally tough?

So to answer the question ‘Why?’, I just say this: I want to steward well this life that I’ve been given. I want to squeeze what I can out of it. I’m fully convinced that pushing myself physically is one key to unlocking potential in every other area.

That’s why I do it.

And also, why not?


Today is Day 1 of 75Hard, Phase 1 – in my attempt to conquer the full Live Hard program.

The first book I’m reading during this 30 day reset: The Art of Impossible – A Peak Performance Primer, by Steven Kotler

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